Indian Women's hockey team lose bronze medal match against Great Britain 4-3 at Tokyo Olympics 2020

This is the third appearance of the Indian Women's hockey team in the Olympics since their debut in 1980.

Vaidehi SinghAuthor

Updated - 06 August 2021 10:39 AM


India women's hockey team lost to Great Britain in the high-scoring bronze medal match. The game saw 7 goals in 70 minutes, with India coming back from behind in the second quarter. After taking the early lead in the second quarter, Great Britain kind of lost the moment in the later half of the second quarter.

India, who were trailing 0-2, Gurjit Kaur scored twice in quick succession to level the game 2-2 in the last few minutes of the second quarter. To add cherry on top, Vandana Kataria scored the third goal for India to take a lead 3-2 at the end of second quarter.

However, Great Britain levelled the scoresheet striking another goal with the start of second half. Failing two penalty corners, Great Britain took a lead 4-3 with only 13 minutes left, eventually winning the bronze at the ongoing Games.

India Women’s hockey team's journey in the Olympic Games

It was an emotional moment for all the Indians and players as India Women qualified for their first Olympic semi-final however suffered loss at the hands of Argentina. Although, their medal hopes were still alive as they were set to play Great Britain for a bronze medal match.

Indian Women’s team didn’t had a dream start but took charge of the game as they went up to beat former champions Australia in the quarter-finals 1-0 to make it into their maiden Olympic semi-final.

India has won 11 Olympic medals, which include eight gold medals in hockey but none came from the women’s side. The Indian Women’s team made their debut in 1980 and has only featured in three Olympic editions, including the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games.


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